Thursday, November 17, 2011

I am pleased to announce the launch of the SHAM PALACE label
with this release:

First release on Sham Palace, a new label from key Sublime Frequencies conspirator Mark Gergis. "Leh Jani" -- the legendary Omar Souleyman track -- was originally released in Syria as a sprawling 30-minute epic groove, alongside two additional tracks. The entire 60-minute cassette album was recorded live to tape in 1998 at the home studio of producer Zuhir Maksi in the village of Ras Al Ain in northeastern Syria. Many of Omar's early tapes were recorded in this fashion to replicate the feeling of his live wedding party performances while minimizing the inherent recording chaos and distractions of those parties. The full track -- featured here, reveals plenty more twists and turns from synth and saz during its hypnotic course. "Leh Jani" appeared in slightly edited form on the original Syrian-issued tape, which was distributed throughout the country for a short period of time. The song was further truncated for Omar's debut Western compilation, Highway To Hassake (SF 031CD) and a concurrently assembled internet video clip of the track helped earn Omar his first attention in the West. The album begins with a lively introduction followed by a majestic mawal, before showcasing the incredible uptempo and previously-unreleased "Salamat Galbi Bidek." All tracks are embellished with the virtuosic folk stylings of longtime collaborators Rizan Sa'id on keyboards and Hamid Souleyman on electric bozouk. This complete version of the original Leh Jani cassette album features an hour of music, and ensures an all-night Syrian dabke party no matter where on Earth you rest the needle.

Friday, October 28, 2011

Porest Report #8

Out very recently on Sublime Frequencies by way of Porest (and company), are these releases:

Erkin Koray: Mechul (Singles and Rarities) CD SF067

Erkin Koray:  Mechul (Singles and Rarities) CD SF067

Erkin Koray and Sublime Frequencies are pleased to present this collection of rare tracks and lesser-heard singles. All tracks were recorded and released in Turkey between 1970 – 1977 and culled from Koray's personal vinyl collection. Includes exclusive photos and remastered audio.

Omar Souleyman: Haflat Gharbia (The Western Concerts) CD SF068

Omar Souleyman: Haflat Gharbia (The Western Concerts) CD SF068

Omar Souleyman's fourth release on Sublime Frequencies represents an hour of the best moments from the western tours between 2009 and 2011, captured in striking fidelity and intensity. Fans will recognize familiar songs, as well as previously unreleased material presented here for the first time, in what is the biggest sounding Omar record yet.

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Porest Report #7

POREST will perform in San Francisco and Sacramento, Californias
supporting ALVARIUS B (Alan Bishop of Sun City Girls, ETC) as he brings his mega solo act to California for the first time.

Saturday July 23rd / 9:30pm
Hemlock Tavern / Polk Street / San Francisco, CA

Sunday, July 24th / 8PM
The Press Club / 2030 P Street / Sacramento, CA

If you don't prioritize this special event, you will have to hear about it from friends and peers for the next 15+ years.